Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world's greatest evils: modern slavery.
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Bring an end to Forced Labour globally
Your country must act quickly to adopt and implement the new international law to prevent abuses, protect victims, as well as punish those that force people to work in conditions of slavery. We have already waited decades for this tough new global standard against forced labour. The people trapped on farms, in mines, in factories and in all the other places where forced labour flourishes shouldn’t have to wait while our policy-makers drag their heels to put this law into practice. All countries must prioritise this effort to end forced labour: call on the Government of your country to adopt this new law immediately. This law – known as the Protocol of 2014 to Convention 29 -– creates new responsibilities for governments in the fight against forced labour, the key measures cover: Prevention. Governments are obligated to create national action plans to tackle forced labour and support business to root out and respond to forced labour in their supply chains. Better protection for victims. This includes the safeguarding of vulnerable migrant workers against fraudulent and abusive recruitment practices. Justice. Victims are now protected from prosecution for crimes they may have committed as a direct result of their forced labour. They also have access to justice, including the ability to claim for compensation for the abuses they have experienced, where they occurred. Our collective voice can keep forced labour on the agenda and ensure swift action by the Government of your country. Act now!
End sexual exploitation of children in Kenya
The last place you should expect to find a child is in a brothel; yet for 17-year-old Phoebe from Kenya, this is her life. (Name changed to protect her identity) Phoebe comes from a poor family. When she dropped out of school, she went in search of a better life – instead she has been forced to have group sex with tourists for no money. Reports indicate that more than 50,000 children are involved in different forms of commercial sexual exploitation. It is most common along the Kenyan Coast where the majority of tourism activities take place – in fact sex offenders travel to Kenya for this very reason: to prey on these vulnerable victims. No child should be forced into the commercial sex industry for their survival. We must ensure that these predators keep their hands off Kenya's children. Join Walk Free and Child Aid Organization Kenya in calling on the Kenyan government to declare zero tolerance of commercial sexual exploitation of children, backed by regular monitoring and law enforcement.
United Nations: end slavery in conflict
Over three thousand women and girls have been forced into sexual slavery by ISIS during the conflict in Iraq and Syria. But the horror doesn’t end there — men, women, boys and girls all over the world have been forced into slavery during conflict. Randa, a 16 year old girl was abducted by ISIS along with her heavily-pregnant mother from northern Iraq. Forced into slavery Randa was taken and raped by a man twice her age. Esther Ruth Atim was kidnapped from Uganda when she was 9 years old by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Christian militia. “Rape was on a daily basis. I was raped so I couldn’t even move … like a normal (person) ... I could only move like a jumping frog.” Last December the UN Security Council took the first steps towards ending slavery in conflict as some members acknowledged ISIS’s use of slavery as a war crime. We must continue to push the Security Council to protect survivors of slavery and prosecute those responsible for war crimes. Swift action could prevent human trafficking and sexual slavery in conflicts all over the world now and forever.
End Forced Labour in Qatar
Bide Majakoti knows the horror of forced labour in Qatar first-hand. He travelled from Nepal on the promise of a well-paid job and paid high recruitment fees to secure it. When he arrived he was forced to accept a different job and his nightmare began. Unfortunately, as construction for the football World Cup 2022 intensifies, more migrant workers will be vulnerable to forced labour than ever before. Over 90% of Qatar’s workforce are migrant workers, brought to the country under kafala, the ‘sponsorship’ system. It is a foreign worker sponsorship programme that jeopardises basic human rights of migrant workers, allowing slavery-like conditions to flourish leaving thousands vulnerable to forced labour and other human rights abuses. Bide was forced to work in the blistering heat without safety precautions or pay. With no other option open to him, he returned home saddled with debt. While Bide ultimately returned home to tell his story, thousands of others never get that chance. Many others’ experiences are even worse; workers often have their wages withheld, are denied exit visas, are housed in dirty, unsafe conditions and forced to work long hours with little rest despite the high heat. Right now we have an opportunity to help. The Minister of Labour made promises to make substantial reform to the kafala system, ensuring the protection of migrant workers. We’ve seen significant improvements to the kafala system in Bahrain, Kuwait and other neighbouring countries. Now it’s time for Qatar to safeguard its migrant workers. Call on the Minister of Labour to deliver on critical reforms he promised and end the forced labour in Qatar.
OUTLAW FORCED CHILD MARRIAGE IN NIGER
Three-quarters of girls in Niger are married before they are adults. Child marriage often amounts to slavery, for example, when girls have not given their free and full consent, are subjected to control, exploited and unable to leave, so outlawing it is an important step towards protecting Niger children. Right now young girls are being married off to older men. Fati Yahaya at just 20 has been married twice, divorced once, and suffered a postpartum hemorrhage after the birth of her first child. With the age of consent for girls set at 15 years old, and many marrying younger with parental permission, thousands of girls like Zeinabou and Fati face a life of abuse and unrealised potential. President Mahamadou Issoufou has publicly declared his intent to address the causes of child marriage through programs that he says will reduce the prevalence of early marriages from 60 to 40 percent. In addition, a law has been proposed to change the age to 18 for girls but it is yet to be adopted. Call on Niger’s President to outlaw the child marriage of girls. 1.http://www.unfpa.org/sites/default/files/jahia-publications/documents/publications/2012/ChildMarriage_8_annex1_indicator-definition.pdf2. http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/when-does-child-marriage-become-slavery/3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/girls-education-niger_564ddb93e4b031745ceff27b4. ibid.
Help End Child Slavery in Crisis Situations
For children in South Sudan, war and violence is a part of everyday life. With their schools frequently bombed or attacked, many are at risk of abduction or trafficking. Since the start of the conflict 18 months ago, 13,000 children have already been recruited as child soldiers. Children abducted or trafficked in conflict areas are violently forced into slavery, either as child soldiers fighting battles they aren’t old enough to understand, or as victims of sexual slavery and forced marriage. Yet for boys and girls in Yei Town there is a beacon of hope. On the site of a bombed primary school, the Kinji Primary School has opened and now provides education to 1,300 children. In unstable environments like South Sudan, having a safe place to spend the day offers these children important protection from modern slavery. Right now we have a unique opportunity to help more children living in dangerous areas access education and find the support they need. A Global Fund for Education in Emergencies has been set up to help provide education to children in emergency areas across the world, supporting children in the very worst situations. We want World Leaders to publically commit to making donations to this fund, so that more schools like the Kinji Primary School can be built all around the world. With conflicts in many countries showing no signs of slowing, more must be done to protect children from slavery in emergency situations. Please help us draw attention to this issue by signing our petition.
Tell New Zealand to Help End Slavery At Sea
“I was a slave, but then I became useless… so they sent me home with nothing”- Ruslan, aged 36. Ruslan’s story of appalling exploitation aboard a fishing ship in New Zealand waters made headlines around the world in 2012 – and it is not an isolated case. Evidence suggests that hundreds are working in slavery-like conditions at sea in New Zealand: threatened, abused, and forced to work 30-hour shifts. After a slow response, the Government of New Zealand now has an opportunity to show its strong support for a proposed new law which would help end modern slavery at sea. But this is not the end. We need to act now to ensure that the Government supports the progression of this new law, without exemptions and with immediate effect. By taking bold, necessary action, New Zealand has an opportunity to send a signal to other nations that slavery in the fishing industry can never be tolerated. Call on the New Zealand Government telling them to pass comprehensive laws preventing slavery at sea with immediate effect. 1] http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-02-23/the-fishing-industrys-cruelest-catch  http://www.globalslaveryindex.org/country/new-zealand/
Call on the Scottish Government to Support Model Anti-Slavery Law
In Scotland right now, potentially the world’s ‘most innovative and comprehensive’ anti-slavery laws are up for discussion in parliament. An unprecedented action plan is on the table that outlines tough penalties for offenders and a new system of support for survivors. This could also be used to inspire other modern slavery laws around the world. Although a wide range of activists, lawyers, academics and policy-makers are united in support of this proposal,  this anti-slavery law currently hangs in the balance. The next stage is perhaps the most critical yet to ensure this ambitious proposal becomes law. The Scottish Government now has the chance to have its say and has the option of vetoing the proposal, stopping this game-changing initiative dead in its tracks. However, the Scottish Government can also waive its right to veto, meaning the Scottish Human Trafficking Bill will be on the final stretch to becoming law. If enough of us speak out, we can get the Scottish Government to do the right thing and join us in support of this proposal to tackle modern slavery. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is the Scottish Government minister who has the power to decide the fate of the Scottish Human Trafficking Bill. It’s vital that we show there is strong support for tough laws to tackle modern slavery in Scotland. Call on the Scottish Government to support model anti-slavery law in Scotland.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-24033310  http://news.stv.tv/politics/261211-huge-public-support-for-proposed-human-trafficking-legislation